The DANIDA Thematic Programme in the Coral Triangle
Supported by the Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA) through WWF-Denmark, the project focuses on tuna and reef fisheries management, market access for sustainably-produced marine resources and when relevant - fisheries certification plus capacity building and awareness among key stakeholders.
The two-year project is operating in the provinces of Palawan, Occidental Mindoro and Albay, building partnerships with fisher organizations, the private sector particularly fish traders and government fisheries offices to address the sustainability of tuna fisheries and the live reef fish trade within the region.
MAMBURAO, OCCIDENTAL MINDORO and TIWI, ALBAY (Artisanal Tuna Handline Fisheries): Tuna in the Coral Triangle adds considerably to the economies of many developing nations and supports the livelihoods of millions of people in this region and beyond. To ensure the sustainability of the alreadyprecarious state of Philippine tuna fisheries, WWF is spearheading tuna-trade initiatives in these sites for better fisheries governance and equitable sharing of benefits and costs.
QUEZON, PALAWAN (CTI GROUPER TRADE): Palawan and its territorial waters host some of the most productive yet exploited fisheries in the Coral Triangle – the world's epicenter for marine biodiversity. Since the 1970s exports of live grouper, snapper and wrasse have graced the restaurants of many an Asian nation – especially Hong Kong, Singapore and mainland China, where it is believed that gobbling up fish kept alive just moments before cooking is not only more savoury – it’s a secret to long life. Palawan’s waters supply 50 to 55% of the country’s seafood, infusing the local economy with over P4 Billion each year. The municipality of Quezon is just one of the many live reef fish trade sites in the province of Palawan. To ensure that the grouper trade is sustainable, WWF works with local governments to develop technology aimed at minimizing the wildsourcing of groupers and other reef fish.